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The J. Frank Marsh Library is centrally located between Marsh Hall and the Jean & Jerry L. Beasley Student Center. The facility has a seating capacity of 200 places, a collection consisting of 170,000 plus items  and provides access to over 5,000 periodicals. The collection is chosen with the University Community in mind, however members of the public are permitted to use the resources of the library.

The library is a partial depository for United States government documents; maintains a significant collection of West Virginia historical materials, preserves a Concord University archival collection, and is home to the Wells Goodykoontz Collection of autographed portraits and photographs of presidents and other well-known personalities.


The J. Frank Marsh Library will furnish user-oriented services, build significant and unique collections, and introduce new technologies for users. Collectively, these initiatives will support the University as a premier educational institution of higher learning in Southern West Virginia.


The Concord Library began as a single room in the Administration buidling with a secretary handing out books. A new wing was added to the Administration building in 1916, and at that time James French Holroyd was appointed as the first full- time librarian. He served until his death in 1920 when Miss Ora Peters was appointed librarian. She served as librarian until her retirement in 1961. Ora’s Office 

The current library, the Joseph F. Marsh Library, formally opened on November 29, 1941.  It was built at a cost of $165,000.00.  
The library has grown from 3,000 volumes in 1920 to over 170,000 items today which include books, microfiche, magazines and bound periodicals. The library has been and continues to be a vital part of the educational program of Concord.

Sallie S. Tuggle - It should be noted that in the above phrase "The Concord Library started as a single room, with a secretary handing out books" is in reference to Ms. Tuggle. While not officially designated as the first librarian, Ms. Tuggle performed as such and is shown in the photo to the right taken from the Concord Echoes identified as "Librarian and Stenographer" from 1906-1915.


Library Directors

James F. Holroyd 1916-1920
Ora Peters 1920-1961
Virginia Fanning 1952-1953
Arthur Flandreau 1961-1969
Virginia Fanning 1969-1970
Lester Smith 1970-1973
Donald Riggs 1973-1976
Roger Lester 1976 (May-Nov)
Michael Pate 1976-1984
Thomas Brown 1985-1995
Robert Turnbull 1996-1997 (Interim)
Stephen Rowe 1998-2012
Connie Shumate 2012-Present
Library Pictures

Library Pictures

Starting Out
1st Librarian (1916-1920)
2nd Librarian (1920-1961)
Marsh Plaque
1940              1960
1963              1970
1987              1995
Using Databases

A “best practices” guide for more effective database searching


The guide is arranged into the following sections:

What are electronic databases?
Which database should I use?
Search techniques
Using search results

What are electronic databases?

Databases provide digital access to publications which can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book reviews
  • Popular magazines

Databases offer access to these publications in various forms including:

  • Citations
  • Abstracts
  • Full text

Which database should I use?

The library subscribes to various databases. For example, some deal with music while others may offer more generalized topics. The current list of databases can be found Above. Most databases have an explanatory description on their respective landing pages.

Planning the search

Limit your search results by implementing one or more of the following:

  • By publication title
  • By citation, abstract or full text
  • Whether it is peer-reviewed
  • By date
  • By subject area

Searching techniques

Several of the library subscribed databases allow for “ advanced “ searching. Advanced searches make use of operators such as ANDOR and NOT. These operators can help add or exclude words from the search results. Searches may be further defined by utilizing the following:

  • Keywords
  • Entire document
  • Document title
  • Publication title
  • Subject
  • Abstract
  • Author

What operators and search limiters you can use will depend on the database.

Database Help

Help connecting to the databases while off-campus

  1. Confirm that you have the Library databases tab open above.
  2. Confirm that you are using the "For off-campus access log in here with your MyCU username/password" link
  3. Are you able to login successfully? You should now see the list of databases 
  4. If you could not login to see the list of databases, remember the following:
    1. Only use the username portion of your email and leave off (students) & (faculty/staff)
    2. You must use the correct MyCU/email username & password combination to successfully log in
    3. If you still cannot login correctly, can be used to reset your password
  5. Once successfully logged on, can you select a database and search for articles? If not, proceed to the next section

Identify Your Web Browser

  • Safari (Mac,iPhone, iPad)
  • Edge
  • Chrome
  • Firefox

Locate & Clear Your Web Browser History/Cache

  • Safari
    1. In the Safari menu bar, click the Safari option
    2. Select the Preferences link
    3. In the preferences window, click the Advanced tab
    4. At the bottom of the window, select the Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar checkbox
    5. Return to the Safari menu bar and click the Develop option
    6. Select the Empty Caches link


  • Safari for iPhone and iPad
    1. Click on the Settings app
    2. Scroll to find, then click on Safari
    3. Scroll toward the bottom and click Clear History and Website Data
    4. Click Clear History and Data


  • Edge
    1. ​On the Edge toolbar, select the ellipsis icon on the far right
    2. Select Settings at the bottom
    3. Scroll down to Clear Browsing Data
    4. Click on the Choose what to clear 
    5. Uncheck the box that says Tabs I've set aside or recently closed
    6. Click on Clear


  • Chrome
    1. On the browser toolbar, click the Chrome menu icon
    2. Select the More Tools option
    3. Select Clear Browsing Data
    4. Use the drop down menu to select the beginning of time 
    5. Select all checkboxes 
    6. Click the Clear Browsing Data button


  • Firefox
    1. ​In the Firefox menu bar, click on the Firefox option
    2. Select the Preferences link
    3. Click on the Privacy tab
    4. Under the History heading, click the clear your recent history link
    5. Select the Cache checkbox. You can select multiple checkboxes for other browser information as well
    6. Click the Clear Now button
    7. Alternatively, you may also use the shortcut ctrl+h to bring up your complete history to clear

Close and Restart Your Web Browser

If you still require assistance accessing the databases from off campus, call 304-384-5371

SciFinder® is a research discovery application that provides integrated access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.
In order to access SciFinder you must complete the registration process for your own account which is accessible anywhere on Concord University’s campus. Please note, this database is NOT accessible off campus. Please follow the link below to begin registration of your SciFinder account. Once you complete the registration process, an email from CAS.ORG will be sent to you for finalizing registration (a link in the email is provided). The email for finalizing your setup is valid for 48 hours only. If you do not finalize your account via the link provided within 48 hours, you must complete the registration process again. Also check spam folders if you do not see the completion email within a reasonable time frame.

Please keep you user/pass handy as we will be unable to recover either if you lose/forget them. SciFinder does offer a password reset in the event you lose/forget that information.

To begin registration of your Scifinder account login to the library proxy using your MYCU login/pass then click on the Scifinder registration link located here :Scifinder Registration

Once you’ve set everything up and your account is “live” (working), simply bookmark the logon page at:


Course Reserves
Materials placed on reserve by instructors are located at the information desk. The circulation periods for these items are determined by the instructor.
Click here for information on course reserves

Reserve Request Form - To be used for faculty reserve items - download file

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan service is provided to faculty, staff and current Concord University students. Download and use the form below to request materials. Community borrowers should contact their public library for interlibrary loan service.

Material Request Form - To be used for interlibrary loan / material requests - download file

Copy machines, a digital scanner, microfilm/microfiche reader printer are available. Copies are $.05 a page and require a re-loadable copy card which can be purchased in the library.

Wireless Access
Wireless access is available. Campus wireless information can be found here .

Government Resources

Concord University has been a selective Federal Depository since 1924. Government Documents are listed in the Library's online catalog. Many are integrated into the general collection.

Below are some useful links to various Government sites. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find journal articles?
Print journals may be located in the President's room on the main floor of the library. Online journals can be accessed through the Database Resources (see above).

How do I find journal articles I need?
A generalized guide may be found under the Database Resources (see above) under Guidelines for a concise and simple review for finding articles you need.

How do I find books and use the catalog?
Searching for books and tutorials can be found under Catalog.

What books may I borrow?
The circulating books (which are books you may borrow) are located on the main floor with call numbers A-Z (general collection), QTO A-Z (oversized books, including art), Juv A-Z, FOL A-Z and graphic novels. 

Can I access the online databases for journals from home?
Yes. Under the Databases page, login to the library proxy server and enter your MYCU username/password to gain access to library databases.

Our Staff

Bolt, Jonathan
Jonathan Bolt
Library Associate
Moore, Douglas
Douglas Moore
Information Systems Specialist
Musick, Donna
Donna Musick
Staff Librarian
Shumate, Connie
Connie Shumate
Director of Marsh Library

Information Desk - (304) 384-5371
Reference - (304) 384-5376
Technical - (304) 384-5372  
Email -
Inter Library Loan -

Spring & Fall Semester Hours 

Monday - Thursday 7:45am - 10pm
Friday 7:45am - 4pm 
Saturday Noon - 4pm  
Sunday Noon - 8pm

Summer Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED


Instructional Series

How to Access the Library Database Off-CampusHow to Find Academic Journals in InfotracHow to Request Interlibrary LoansHow to Search the Sage DatabaseHow to Save Articles in the Ebsco DatabaseHow to Save Articles in the Infotrac DatabaseHow to Search the Library Catalog